Education and the Commonwealth

Dr Greg Munro
Dr Greg Munro
Chief Executive, The Royal Commonwealth Society

The Commonwealth is home to one third of the world’s population, nearly two thirds of which are under the age of 30. The nations of the Commonwealth are connected through a commitment to the Commonwealth Charter and its 16 values. Included in these values is a pledge to provide access to health, education, food and shelter, as well as a recognition of the importance of young people in the Commonwealth and a commitment to sustainable development.

Through its membership, the Commonwealth can, and does, play a significant role in contributin to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 4 – to ensure 'inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all'. Given the demographic challenges and opportunities posed by a burgeoning youth population, the SDGs can only be achieved with the active engagement, participation and ownership of young people. Central to this, and as a key enabler for global development, is the need to focus on education across the Commonwealth...

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